Santa Monica police arrested at 41-year-old woman on Wednesday, March 27 who decided to sleep on a couch in the lobby of a hotel and refused to leave.
At 1:25 am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the hotel in the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue after they had heard about the woman who was refusing to leave.
When they arrived at the luxury hotel the officers spoke with members of the hotel security staff who told them what had happened.
The woman in question, they said, had entered the hotel approximately two hours prior, and had requested a room, using her credit card to pay for a room.
Problems began when the credit card was declined, and after being informed of this, the woman then requested a free room.
This request was, not surprisingly, denied, and the woman began to express her dismay by pacing around the hotel lobby.
The hotel staff then asked this woman to leave the premises to which she informed them that she was not prepared to oblige.
Instead, she decided to go to sleep on the couch inside the lobby.
The officers approached the woman (who was still on the couch) and asked her if she would leave the hotel.
She told them that she would not, so they arrested her per a private person’s arrest.
This woman was charged with trespass, and bail was set at $1,000.
The woman evidently did, as it turned out, get her free room, sans the amenities she had probably hoped for.
Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.